On Thursday, November 14th, 2019 Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC) celebrated the expansion of Lake Health Center in Hanover Park with staff, Board Members, community partners and area elected officials. The expansion of Lake Health Center began in late summer and was completed at the end of September 2019. As a result of this exciting expansion, GEFCC will have additional space in which to offer area residents increased access to primary health care and additional Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services.
During the Open House, guests enjoyed learning about the services provided at GEFCC’s Lake Health Center, met staff, and received tours of the newly expanded area. The expansion added 3 exam rooms, a large group therapy room, and several enhanced areas which support patient care.
Craig Dodt, GEFCC’s Past Board Chair, welcomed guests and thanked them for their support and participation. Also present at the event were Rodney Craig, Hanover Park Village President, and Eira Corral Sepúlveda, GEFCC Board Member and Hanover Park Village Clerk. Mayor Craig thanked Greater Elgin Family Care Center for the many years of care provision to Hanover Park residents. Ms. Sepúlveda expressed how proud she was of being a GEFCC Board Member, and her excitement for the expansion of Lake Health Center and its increased capacity to serve more area residents.
Claire Brown, GEFCC’s Substance Use Disorder/Medication Assisted Treatment Program Coordinator, shared a brief overview of GEFCC’s new SUD services and the benefits that patients experience when they choose GEFCC for their care. Ms. Brown has led the organization’s efforts regarding designing and implementing SUD/MAT services throughout GEFCC.
The event concluded with a moving address by GEFCC’s President/CEO Bob Tanner, who thanked the Leadership Team and staff for their hard work and dedication to the mission of GEFCC and their commitment to excellence. Mr. Tanner shared that it was the staff’s efforts which led to the expansion of Lake Health Center and the many awards that GEFCC has received over the years, including the most recent National Quality Award received in August 2019.
Mr. Tanner also introduced and thanked Donna Anderson, whom he affectionately calls the “Mother of GEFCC”. As the Mother of GEFCC, Mrs. Anderson has been dedicated to the mission and vision of Greater Elgin Family Care Center since the beginning and was instrumental in helping create GEFCC 21 years ago.